Our mission: Meeting the needs of a diverse community through music study, outreach and performance.


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Welcome to Evanston's Community Music School

Who We Are

The Musical Offering is a musical home for beginners to bloom and for more experienced musicians to explore their craft. We are proud of our process-oriented teaching philosophy, professional and friendly faculty, investments in local schools, and partnerships with arts organizations equally committed to making music more accessible to all. In 2007, we won the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts in recognition of our history as an arts incubator and the quality of our programming.

Our Teaching Philosophy

The Musical Offering provides students and teachers with collaborative opportunities to learn and perform. We hire gifted teachers who share a process-oriented teaching philosophy and the belief that students learn best in an engaging atmosphere. We carefully match teachers and students to maximize learning potential and enjoyment of music education. A process-oriented teaching philosophy guides students on a course to the joyful mastery of music.

On this journey, they acquire and develop intellectual, emotional, and physical tools such as diligence, critical thinking, expressiveness, and dexterity to harness the potential of music to enhance their lives. This training translates into every area of learning and life.

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Musings of a Transplanted Southerner on a Life in Music

January 21..The Myth of The Eternal Child




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The Musical Offering Supports The April 4th District 65 School Referendum

Vote Yes

The Musical Offering encourages Evanston residents to vote YES on April 4th to support District 65 school arts programs. If this referendum fails to pass, arts education will be decimated in our local school district.

The discontinuation of band and orchestra in 4th and 5th grades will have negative ripple effects for those students who are motivated to be at school because they love their arts classes -- for middle school ensembles, with a lack of adequate feeder programs -- for ETHS ensembles, who will have students with far less training, thereby diminishing the quality of music making at the high school level. It will adversely affect the ability of Evanston-based arts organizations to partner meaningfully with elementary and middle school music teachers. Our district will no longer be a destination district, especially for arts teachers--but rather a pass-through district to be avoided because we as a community lack the will to prioritize adequate funding for our students and their families (especially Title I families).

We view this as not only an educational issue, but also as a quality of life issue. Families move to Evanston, in great measure, for the schools -- many specifically for the arts programs. Evanston is an arts dynamo. Our communal passion for the arts should, as a matter of course, be reflected in our schools. We don't relish the prospect of paying higher property taxes, but this is a referendum on whether or not Evanstonians have the vision to champion our kids by ensuring a quality educational experience for all. This affects us all. We encourage all Evanstonians to vote in favor of this referendum on April 4th. Thank you!

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Rick Ferguson
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
The Musical Offering


Still Time to Sign Up for MO's Musical Theater Summer Camps!


Transform your ensemble, rehearsal, and performance skills! Take your writing, acting, singing and/or composing skilles to a new level!

Campers will create THREE new musical theater pieces by taking works from the standard pop repertoire and giving them a hilarious makeover.

Hard Knock Life In Oz - June 26-30

Spamilton - July 10-14, 17-21


Fiddle Shop of Horrors - July 24-28


Download the flyer for more info and register today!




Thursday, March 30, 7:30 PM

Tango Meets String Quartet
Works by Astor Piazzola and Gustavo Beytelmann written for string quartet and bandoneon

Sebastien Innocenti,
Bandoneon & Accordion

Pascal Innocenti and
The Innocenti String Quartet 

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Saturday, April 29, 7:30 PM

Beethoven Project X:
Rick's Birthday Bash

Join MO artistic director Rick Ferguson for his annual birthday bash concert (also the next installment of our ongoing Beethoven Project series).

This lecture-recital will explore and compare the music of Beethoven with that of Georges Onslow (known as the "French Beethoven").

Joining Mr. Ferguson will be violinist Victoria Moreira of the Kaia String Quartet and Dr. Juliet White-Smith, professor of viola at Ohio State University.

The program includes Onslow's sonatas for viola and piano in F Major, Op. 16, Nr. 1 and A Major, Op. 16, Nr. 3 as well as Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata for violin and piano in F Major, Op. 24.

Dr. Juliet White-Smith, Viola
Victoria Moreira, Violin
Rick Ferguson, Piano 

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Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 PM

Chicago Choro Club @
Sketchbook Brewing

CCC instructors Julie Koidin and John Beard offer up Brazilian choro monthly on select Tuesdays this spring at nearby Sketchbook Brewing at 821 Chicago Ave. Click for more info.